Monday, August 27, 2012
Today, Aug. 27, is the first day back for Plum School District students!
Happy first day of school, Plum Borough School District teachers and students! We at the Plum-Oakmont Patch would like to wish you a very successful and happy first day back and school year. If you take a photo of your child or classroom today, share them with us by clicking the 'Upload Photos and Videos' button. Want information about lunches, click here. For a bus schedule, see this Plum-Oakmont Patch article. Have you seen what the new George Pivik Elementary School looks like? Check out these photos. ––––––––––––––– Like Plum-Oakmont Patch on Facebook or follow us on Twitter . Don't forget to sign up for our daily email newsletter by clicking here.
AccuWeather.com predicts storms this fall that will spawn more snow this winter.
Plum and Riverview students are back at school, and students are likely already wondering how lucky they'll get with snow days. Good news for them (maybe not so much for school administrators) is that AccuWeather.com reports that those students will likely get more snow days this school year than they did during the last one. Last winter, at least nine of the country's snowiest cities had less than 60 percent of their average snowfall (according to USA Today). How is this intensity of this winter being measured? "The presence of El Niño or La Niña—and their strength—is used to project how active the winter season is going to be," AccuWeather.com reports. And AccuWeather.com long-range meteorologists are projecting a weak to moderate El …
Friday, August 24, 2012
Here is a meal plan for that hectic first week of school—making dinner easy and delicious.
It’s time. Soon there will be homework to monitor, sports practices to attend and after-school activities to contend with—all in addition to your normal day-to-day responsibilities. Yes, the kids are going back to school—Riverview started Thursday (Aug. 23), and Plum starts Monday (Aug. 27). And because we at Patch want to make your life ridiculously easy, we compiled some easy recipes for that first hectic week of school so you can cross “dinner” off your worry—er—to-do list. All of these recipes come courtesy of a family recipe book. So get your culinary plan ready now so you don’t have to stress later. Some of the dishes can even be prepared in advance and frozen until needed. Here it goes: Ham Barbecue This classic recipe can be paired…
It's back to school for Plum students on Monday, Aug. 27.
Students in the Plum Borough School District are back to school on Monday, Aug. 27. Be prepared to know where bus stops are located and travel times. The schedule and transportation rules provided by the district have been attached, but for more information, see www.pbsd.k12.pa.us. ––––––––––––––– Like Plum-Oakmont Patch on Facebook or follow us on Twitter . Don't forget to sign up for our daily email newsletter by clicking here.
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Got a back to school photo of your child? Share it with us!
It's back to school for Riverview School District students today, Aug. 23. We at the Plum-Oakmont Patch wanted to wish everyone a happy and safe day back! Have a picture of your child at the bus stop or right before heading into school this morning? Share it with us (click the Upload Photos & Video button)! We'd love to see your first day of school photos! Want to read more about Back to School? Check out our guide! _______________________ Plum-Oakmont Patch is on Facebook and on Twitter. Don't forget to sign up for our daily email newsletter by clicking here.
Monday, August 13, 2012
Dr. Mara Linaberger joins Peters Township School District, where she'll be responsible for staff development, assessment and technology-integration.
Peters Township students return to school in just more than two weeks, however staff and new hires have been hard at work training and organizing for the upcoming 2012-13 school year. A new director of staff development is joining the Peters Township School District administrative team. Meet Dr. Mara Linaberger. Responsible for staff development, assessment and technology-integration in the district, she’ll be working closely with Superintendent Dr. Nina Zetty and, of course, Dr. Patricia Kardambikis—assistant to the superintendent. “Our two jobs mesh in many places,” she said. “Curriculum writing, alignment and revision are a big part of ongoing professional development activities in a district.” Originally from Penn Hills, Linaberger …
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Some say tax increases are inevitable; others say schools need to live within their means and make cuts accordingly.
Because many school districts throughout western Pennsylvania raised property taxes this spring to balance their budgets, the public spotlight on them is burning brightly. What is the answer to balancing a school district's budget as costs rise? As students prepare to go back to school within the next few weeks, Patch is asking what you think school districts should do. Budget deliberations are an annual affair. When spring rolls around in 2013, many of the same questions and issues will remain. What do you think should be done? How do you think cuts will affect the coming school year? Please tell us your thoughts by posting in the comments. This poll will be cross published on all Patch sites across western Pennsylvania. If you are …
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Expect to pay more for school lunches this upcoming school year.
Students at Plum and Riverview school districts will be paying more for lunch this upcoming school year. The Plum lunch prices are going up by 25 cents. That means that elementary students will pay $2.15 and secondary students will pay $2.50. Children who are on a reduced lunch plan will pay 40 cents and adults pay $3.50. Last year, Plum officials implemented a 15-cent increase for elementary students and a 20-cent increase for secondary students. Lunch prices at Riverview also will increase by 25 cents. Officials voted in April to increase the lunch prices to $2.50 for the 2012-13 school year. Officials from both districts have said the inceases will help prepare the district for new federal department of agriculture guidelines that will …
Monday, August 6, 2012
Tell us your lunch box memories in the comments section or explain what your kids are bringing to school on the first day.
I can still hear my sandwich, apple and thermos rattling around in that blue, plastic lunch box I brought to school each day in elementary school. The food would be making a deep clunking sounds as I carried my Snoopy lunch box with my little backpack slung across my shoulders. Ka-clunck, ka-clunk, ka-clunck. My elementary school in Mt. Lebanon, just a couple blocks from the house, didn’t serve hot food, so we packed our lunches each day or walked up to the now defunct Chicago’s Pizzeria when we were old enough. The only thing I did buy each day was a half-pint of milk. But by the time we made it to junior high, we were too cool for lunch boxes and usually brown bagged it or ate that scrumptious cafeteria food (anyone remember those pizza …
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Interested? The speech will be streaming live on the White House website.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Parents: President Barack Obama will deliver his third-annual back-to-school speech at 1:30 p.m. today, Wednesday. While the president will speak at Benjamin Banneker Academic High School in Washington, DC., the talk will be live streamed on WhiteHouse.gov so that classrooms across the country may listen to or watch the remarks. For more information about watching the speech, visit www.whitehouse.gov/back-to-school. The speech is an opportunity to speak directly to students across the country, a release from the White House indicated. In past years, President Obama has encouraged students to study hard and take responsibility for their education—urging students to set goals, to believe in themselves, and to be the authors of their own …